Colorado Democrats, Republicans express concern about Trump’s state of emergency

Mr Miller stopped just short of predicting a Trump veto, saying simply, "He will protect his national emergency declaration - guaranteed".

Trump flew down to Florida on Friday following his Rose Garden speech announcing the emergency declaration, meant to access billions in additional funding for border wall construction.

Considering that 70% of Republicans support the border wall (albeit not necessarily via declaration of a national emergency), Republican congressmen would be in a tough situation, and it is seemingly unlikely that the majority of Republican senators would vote to override the President's veto. Nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen later filed suit, urging the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to "bar Trump and the U.S. Department of Defense from using the declaration and funds appropriated for other purposes to build a border wall".

Democrats argued that Trump had launched an unconstitutional power grab because Congress refused to grant his request for billions of dollars in wall funding, and he made a decision to fund it anyway with money appropriated for other purposes including military construction projects.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters that funding will come from several sources such as $3.6 billion in military construction money allocated by Congress for other projects. The money lost during the shutdown easily could have gone toward wall construction, but instead only indebted Trump and the American economy, making congress less likely to fund the project.

"I could do the wall over a longer period of time", Trump said, explaining that he is now rolling out dictatorial policy that the Constitution expressly forbids.

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN, "If we give away, if we surrender the power of the purse... there will be little check and no balance left".

"I do think that we should not set the bad precedent of letting a president declare a national emergency simply as a way of getting around the congressional appropriations process", Coons said.

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The states of California and NY have filed suit against the President over his declaration, while the House Judiciary Committee is planning an investigation into the validity of the national emergency.

But one of the President's closest congressional allies, Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, predicted that Trump's critics would not be able to put together a two-thirds majority in each chamber of Congress to override any presidential veto.

"I think there are plenty of votes in the House to make sure that there's no override of the president's veto", he said. "So it's going to be settled in court, we'll have to wait and see".

Republicans have been split on the issue, with some fully backing Trump and others cautioning that allowing an emergency declaration now would set a precedent for future Democratic presidents to do the same for myriad other issues.

Undaunted, Miller, who was the architect of Trump's effort to ban visitors to the U.S. from several predominantly Muslim countries, claimed voters would likely see "probably a couple hundred miles [of border wall built] ..." In 2011, President Obama waged an entire war-the US-NATO bombing of Libya-without either authorization by Congress or an appropriation of funds. But should this be considered a national emergency commensurate with the same government force as the terrorist attacks on September 11th?

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., released a statement Thursday afternoon condemning a state of emergency declaration, ahead of Trump's official Friday announcement. The act requires a president to notify Congress publicly of the national emergency and to report every six months. "We are co-equal branches of government, and he is trying to do a type of executive overreach that is just uncalled for", said Duckworth.

He said immigrants were coming to the USA more "than probably we've ever had before". And we will then be sued, and they will sue us in the 9th Circuit, even though it shouldn't be there.

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